So I made a long-put-off trip to Abbey Pub, just off College Way. And it was definitely a worthwhile trip.
Some of the early reviews of it weren't so favorable, but the fluorescent lights of the past have replaced, and it honestly felt like a comfortable place to have a beer. There's a lot of natural light in there, for a bar, but it's really not that bad.
All three members of the BBB were on hand (James, Beau and myself), and we tried just about everything they had on tap. Sadly, we were shut out on procuring a class of Russian River's Pliny the Elder for the second straight night (James and I had some brews at the Blacksmith the night before, and they were out as well).
Anyway, on to what they did have. Here's what's on now (updated on our on tap list here).
Victory Pirma Pils
Pike Naughty Nellie
Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
Luarelwood Vinter Varmer
Terminal Gravity Single Hop IPA
St. Beranardus Abt 12
Double Mountain Porter A-go-go
Lost Coast 8 Ball Stout
Bend Brewing Co. Doppel Bock
We were impressed, not surprisingly, with the on-tap offerings. Abbey goes out of its way to find beers for beer geeks. The Vinter Varmer was by far my favorite, a malty beer that it is extremely smooth and a blast to drink. Some other quick thoughts:
--If you like pilsners, the Pils was great. Not my favorite type of beer, but definitely drinkable, if you like the style.
--The TG comes in a glass. It's pretty oppy, as you would expect out of an IPA, but it also has some malty and fruity notes.
--The Abt 12 is pricy at $6.50 a glass, but it's delicious.
They also have an amazing selection of beers in bottles and cans. It's worth the trip just to see them.